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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2011 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I used to use the Central Park story as way to describe loss of homeostasis in cancer when talking to lay audiences (including a US senator once). It's not as if the birds reproduce any faster at the individual level in the US compared to UK. There are simply no brakes on the system. Same for cancer, the cells don't have to divide any faster than non-cancer cells if they won't/can't die.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 7, 2011 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

What about the influence of Victorian Culture on reproduction in 1880? [Hmmm, is Rob THAT old?] I thought that was the whole point--freed of this oppressive and stifling influence the birds started reproducing like rabbits, and suddenly, all Hell broke loose.

;)

Of course, the vast majority of introductions fail miserably (and thankfully), but we really don't know what it is about the limits, ecologically, that are the key to expansion here, and stasis there; not that I am implying it matters a jot to your audience or the utility of the metaphor...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 7, 2011 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

Probably a good thing that most introductions fail given the sometimes catastrophic consequences of those that don't. Stating the blindingly obvious of course but it's only going to be introductions that are already pretty well adapted to the new environment that are likely to succeed - like grey squirrels in our woods and starlings in your towns and farmlands, and rats and humans just about anywhere.

By the way, did you mean Larry's audience here, or elsewhere?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2011 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I have an audience here?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

Not so much an audience, more a diehard coterie of fanatics ready to dissect your every utterance for the merest scintilla of significance with which to lend purpose to their otherwise drab and meaningless lives.

Nahhh... maybe not.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

You guys have only known me for a little over 4 years, there are people out there that have been waiting nearly 47 years me to utter anything with the merest scintilla of significance....

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

C'mon, man - don't crush all our hope.

:-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 7, 2011 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I did mean L's aud (when telling his cancer/starling story); but, maybe he's actually lecturing well adapted rats in a dark, secret lab, subjecting them to all sorts of unimaginable scientific horrors (like reading my papers aloud?)...nah, he's not that evil.

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 7, 2011 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

"lecturing well adapted rats in a dark, secret lab".....Why yes! He lectures us at a place we call Chatzy.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 7, 2011 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

One minute it's the glory of nature putting on a display of stunning beauty....and then....cancer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f68VXKMZT1Q

Thanks, Buzz Killington.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 7, 2011 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

IS THAT WILLIAM TELL!?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 8, 2011 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

Your powers of deduction would make Sherlock Holmes jealous.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

Are you calling my 10k posts a cancer on this Forum? A malignant growth of epic proportions, threatening to cut off the blood supply to the cranial compost pile--er, the "brain" of this operation, William Tell?

Well then, I guess that explains why I sometimes post in the third person, as we just never know who's running the show, eh?

And another thing--all that etoh you're consuming is likely to kill any cells without Irish ancestry, so watch it. 12 lbs of po tate toes a day soaks up a lot...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I believe the comparison was more towards the focus of the clip, Buzz Killington, than it was his homicidal brother Cellular Killington. But, I will leave it to the reader to make their own decisions.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

"I believe the comparison was more towards the focus of the clip, Buzz Killington"

correct. i like to picture wt with a top hat and a monocle, giggling at his own jokes :P

as for looks alone, that's exactly what i pictured that ugabooga guy here recently as looking like.

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-11-08 15:50:45

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 8, 2011 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

As is well known around the parts, Tell favours a red smoking jacket and cravat when going about his posting duties.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I knew it was him!

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

LMAO, well done. Thanks for having the boys on Playboy After Dark WT! I always knew he had a deep secret. The cat's finally out of the bag.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

Based on the wrinkles, I'm pretty sure he's sportin' a Nut Bra along with the pajamas.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

no doubt about it. in case anybody forgot about this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOiaSy643B4

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

my mistake. which one is tell?


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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 8, 2011 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

I couldn't possibly say. But looking at your round up of suspects I will say that Tell has never, to my knowledge, found additional cowbells to be a requirement under any circumstances.

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 7, 2011 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Murmuration....(non-Dead)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0qgfqXU0P0&;feature=related

Great rock drummers revisited.....by Chester Cheetah.